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Lepage Barreto was born on November 24, 1923, in Santa Rosa, Anzoategui,
Venezuela. He began his political work while studying law at the Central
University of Venezuela, where he became a member of the student movement Accion
Democratica (AD). He became Secretary to the Executive Committee of AD in
Caracas in 1945. In 1948, he was elected as deputy for the National Congress,
representing Anzoategui, and was also elected Secretary General of AD, but
never took that position since, following the overthrow of Romulo Gallegos, the
Venezuelan military junta suppressed political parties. AD operated
clandestinely between 1949 and the late 1950s. During that period, Lepage
served as the party's First Secretary and as a member of the Secretariat of
Organization. Arrested by the National Security in 1950, he was imprisoned
until 1954, when he was expelled from the country and sent into exile. He remained
part of the AD organization in exile as well.
returning to Venezuela in 1959, he served as ambassador to Belgium and rejoined
his party's General Secretariat. In 1973, he was elected to the Venezuelan
senate for the first time, representing Miranda. He served as Minister for Home
Affairs from 1975 to 1978, under President Carlos Andres Perez, and from 1984
to 1986, under President Jaime Lusinchi. Lusinchi promoted Lepage's candidacy
for the 1988 presidential election, but Lepage lost a primary election against
former president Perez.
Lepage's career peaked unexpectedly: After the Supreme Court started
impeachment proceedings against President Perez over corruption allegations in
May 1993, Lepage became acting president of Venezuela for 15 days. Since Perez
did not officially resign until August, the senate stripped him of his immunity
and named Lepage, who was President of the Congress, as acting head of state.
On June 5, 1993, he was succeeded by Ramon Jose Velasquez.
Lepage died on January 5, 2017, in Caracas, at the age of 93. He scored seven
points for WEP (2 for hit, 5 for solo), the second score by a Venezuelan
president for this team. Muchas gracias.
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